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From now until Easter, use these prayers for Lent to guide your time with God.

Lent is celebrated from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. 40 days (plus Sundays) where we dedicate time to drawing closer to God and preparing for the celebration of Easter weekend.

Traditionally, Christians mark this season with fasting, studying scripture, confessing our sins, giving to those in need, and with prayer. Many also use this as an opportunity to give something up, as a reminder of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.

Not sure what to give up for Lent? Check out this blog post to guide you through some things to think about. Alternatively, join Arnold’s Lent Challenge to memorise up to six Bible verses between now and Easter.

Let us pray together through this season.

Prayer of Repentance

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:8-9

Faithful God, we bring before you all the things that we have done wrong. That we want to say sorry for. That we want to turn away from. We bring them before you and ask you for forgiveness. May you purify us from all unrighteousness and help us to turn away from all sin in our lives, becoming more like Jesus each day. Amen.

Prayer of Preparation

“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Matthew 24:44

Dear God, during this time of preparation and anticipation as we look forward to Easter, we ask that you prepare our hearts and minds to remember Jesus’ death and celebrate his resurrection. And we also look forward, with anticipation, to Jesus’ return, readying ourselves for that day. Reveal to me today, how I can prepare. Show me the areas of my life that need attention. Amen.

Prayer Against Temptation

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

Father God, during Lent, we remember when Jesus was tempted in the desert. He used scripture to fight against the devil’s temptations, so let us too turn to your word in our times of need. As we face the tests and temptations of the world, be with us throughout it all. Help us to endure the temptations around us, and to remain focused on you. May you lead us away from those temptations that we struggle with, and give us strength to bear them. Amen.

Prayer for Generosity

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Luke 12:33-34

Generous God, you have given generously to us; so we too should give generously to others. We pray that the treasures in our life will always be rooted in heaven. Not in material things, riches or fame. May we be openhanded with our possessions and our money, giving generously where people have need. Grant me a generous heart, and direct me to those who I can bless today. Amen.

Prayer of Celebration

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

1 Peter 1:3

Dear God, as we observe the season of Lent, we also remember that we are looking forward to an amazing celebration as we approach Easter. Help us to remember the true reason for Easter and all that it still means for us today. The resurrection of Jesus brings us joy, hope and leads us to praise. So we praise and thank you God for all that Jesus did that first Easter weekend – for his death for us, for his rising from the dead, for his victory over all. Amen.

I hope that this collection of prayers for Lent will bless you and help guide your prayers throughout this season. Do leave your own prayers for Lent down in the comments too to help and inspire others.

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